2014 Finalist

Who led the charge



Robert Best
Executive VP, JLL


Nearly three decades at JLL have given Robert Best know-how in all facets of property management. As Executive Vice President and Head of Energy and Sustainability, Robert directs business development, energy reduction programs, client sustainability, performance metrics, operating standards, and training as the green building market continues to expand. Since earning his MBA in finance from the University of Chicago and Bachelor of Science in journalism from Northwestern University, he’s continued his learning as a LEED AP and a Green Globes Professional.

Miami Tower LED Exterior Color Lighting Project,
Miami, FL | Commercial Office - 623,976 sq. ft.

For 27 years, Miami Tower has stood out against the city’s skyline, illuminated by 200 metal halide light arrays. Today, it continues to stand out physically and environmentally after Robert’s team at Jones Lang LaSalle collaborated with LED Source to replace the halide system with an energy-efficient LED lighting system. This project has achieved enormous savings in energy consumption and cut overall lighting costs by over $300,000 per year, while also requiring less time and labor for maintenance. Even with the costs of engineering structures up to the challenge of Miami’s extreme weather, the expected payback period is less than 4 years, and New York City’s Empire State Building has a similar system recently installed by JLL. These systems are lighting the way to better buildings all along the East Coast and beyond!

You can see a great video on the Miami Tower LED Retrofit here

Larry Lubeck | Energy Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle
Gavin Cooper | LED Source, Vice President
Tom Matese | JLL, General Manager


"LED lighting is everything that everyone says it is and more. Not only does it save immense amounts of electricity, but the color quality and intensity of the light is spectacular. Then, on top of everything, maintenance costs are much lower. It’s a win-win-win."

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